Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years theyve wandered in and out of peoples lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.
Critics and internet cats agree - this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul. This film is a sophisticated take on your typical cat video that will both dazzle and educate.
"If Make America Kittensthe Chrome extension that instantly replaces Donald Trumps face with images of adorable catsno longer blots out the horror, try Kedi, a celebration of the felines of Istanbul and the humans who nurture or, at the very least, appreciate living among them. Never cute, this documentary about the interspecies bonding that defines daily life in Istanbuls old town is as resourceful, agile, and scruffily seductive as its seven feline stars and supporting cast of hundreds." - Amy Taubin, ArtForum
"Kedi" (Feline), a frequently enchanting documentary directed by Ceyda Torun, showcases some of these feline personalities and the humans who look after them The movie is replete with ingeniously constructed mini-narratives, including a turf war. The mesmerizing score by Kira Fontana, interspersed with well-chosen Turkish pop, is a real asset." - NY Times
"Several people talk frankly about having felt broken in some way, and about how taking care of homeless cats feels redemptive Kedi doesnt emphasize this element as much as it might havea sizable chunk of the film resembles cat videos one can find all over the place (apart from having been shot with better equipment). When it uses cats as a stealthy means to investigate the human heart, however, it unsheathes its claws." - AV Club
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